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Just in time for Christmas 2015, LEGO has cashed in once again on the Frozen fever with… Special thanks to CopMike and the LEGO CEE team for providing this set! Set Name: Arendelle Castle Celebration Set #: 41068 Theme: Disney Princess - Frozen Parts: 477 Figures: 2 Minidolls + Olaf Year of Release: 2015 Price at Release: USD 60 Brickset Bricklink(not yet available) Flickr Set You might've noticed my slight pun in the first line - this set is based upon Disney's short film Frozen Fever, which I found so aptly named due to there being a Frozen fever in the sense of everybody going gaga over Frozen, while this short makes people even more gaga over Frozen and provides new outfits for Elsa and Anna that parents will surely have to buy for their little girls. I did see Disney's recent live-action Cinderella, so I saw Frozen Fever in the theater, but I watched it again online before writing this review. Rest assured that this review will be about the LEGO set and not about Frozen, but how come Elsa can suddenly sprout flowers and design clothing with the flick of her wrist in Frozen Fever? I thought ice was her thing? It makes absolutely no sense, and that's why Frozen Fever strikes me as a marketing ploy to sell more dresses to children. Anywho, I'm not going to let my gripes with the source material get in the way of reviewing, so let's get on to the pretty set before us. PACKAGING The front of the box has some lovely, vibrant colors as you'd expect from a Disney Princess product. The animated Elsa and Anna wear their Frozen Fever outfits, letting you know with subtlety what the set's based upon. LEGO has wasted no time in assuring you that the facade-like Castle contains an interior, including a Castle-rear pic right on the front. The back highlights the interior, with a bunch of scenes meant to show… roleplay, I guess? It shows you right off the bat that there are next to no true 'play features' in this set, not that a dollhouse-style building needs them anyway. The snowflake atop the Castle was too tall for the front of the box, so it's been wrapped onto the top. Else looks a bit lonely in the 1:1 picture, with no other pictures up here. I would have expected a scene with Anna, Olaf, and the mini snow-things. INSTRUCTIONS The instructions come in a single glue-bound booklet, similar to that of large sets like the Ninjago Airjitzu Temple, for example. I prefer this over multiple smaller booklets, if only because it means you can't misplace one out of three instruction booklets. I do speak from experience… The inside has just a simple lavender color with no frills added. I actually wanted to highlight this particular step because the designer chose to use two 1x1 bricks with clip to attach the door instead of the 1x3 brick with two clips. Perhaps it was done for structure, but I appreciate that the color scheme of the parts was kept consistent, as it often is not with the 1x3 being used. The back contains an ad for the Palace Pets sets and their show Whisker Haven. Note that it features Pocahontas, who has not yet appeared in LEGO form. Is it a hint? For the parts-list pages, please see here and here. STICKER SHEET Stickers are no fun and I'm less good at applying them than I once thought. Luckily all of the stickers in this set go on tiles or sides of bricks, if that makes it any better. For those that like to use stickers for customization, this set offers some lovely designs. I wanted to stay true to the intent of the design, so I applied them all. PARTS & THE BUILD Straight outta the box come four numbered bags (still transitioning from the old design to the new), one larger and one smaller dark tan plate, and the agua/light bluish green slide. Doesn't feel like a whole lot, but I already love all that aqua. NOTE: I inevitably missed some interesting parts in (I think) every parts picture. I will do my best to highlight them in text. Also, while I will try to be as accurate as possible, a lot of these colors look very similar and I might muck up the names of them now and again. Feel free to correct me. Bag 1 If it wasn't clear to you already, this set is a bright-parts and recolor treasure trove. Certainly new and very exciting are the stem pieces in lavender. The plain heads in medium lavender, light royal blue (Chima Eris color), and whichever pink color that is are also pretty cool, and I think one or both of the flower colors I picked are new as well. I forgot to highlight the 2x2 round plates with center stud, aka round 2x2 jumpers, which come in dark azure and white. Feast your eyes on the piles for anything else I forgot. Bag 1 builds the outdoor celebration stuff and the beginnings of the Castle, including nice ice tile-age. I was a bit worried building the balloon decorations that use the lavender stems - too much force might break them, and even placing the heads atop the flowers felt dangerous. Placing all of the flowers outside the Castle gets a bit tedious, but the result is worth it. Bag 2 Bag 2 contains considerably less colorful goodness than Bag 1, but still plenty of goodness on the whole. The real standouts would have to be the small leaf pieces new in white. A little bit of purple, sand green, and shades of pink help liven things up, as well as those roof-topping pieces in light aqua. I picked out those two light/Barraki eye pieces to show that, while all four included should be the same color, the one I put on the left is a lighter shade than the other three (one of which is on the right). Odd. The parts in this bag basically finish off the first floor of the Castle, and include Anna. Applying the stickers, especially on the door, was a bit of a pain (and my fingerprints are now embedded in the set), but the designs do look nice. Bag 3 In Bag 3 we hit the blues, or really the trans blues and the light aquas. I have really loved that light aqua color ever since I first got it in the Cars Tokyo Pitstop set, and it's great to see all of the useful slopes in that color (which are all exclusive to this set for now, if Bricklink leads me true). I was quite surprised to see that the 1x6 tiles are in fact printed, which confounds me a bit even though three are included in the set. But heck, of course I'll take prints! At this point we've made a lot of progress on the Castle, though it still needs a fake 1-brick wide roof to top itself off. Bag 4 Getting over the wonderful explosion of aqua in this final bag, there are some other exclusive parts like those Scala dishes in dark bley and Chima fire wings cast in glitter trans-light blue veering on trans-clear. I have no idea why the trans 1x2 brick isn't trans-light blue seeing as it's used as a continuation of the windows. It's a pretty color on its own, but it doesn't make much sense. Surprise! The Castle is finished at the end of this final bag. Leftovers Some people hate eating leftovers, but we can all agree to appreciate LEGO leftovers (I hope). Lots of pretty things here, like another lavender stem and orange unicorn horn, as well as many wonderful colors of bits and bobs. MINIDOLLS & Other Characters As usual for Minidoll sets, not a lot of characters. Luckily, you only need to purchase the other new Frozen set to get the other characters necessary for the scene, so things could be worse (like having Jasmine but no Aladdin). I'm really mixed on the Elsa and Anna in this set. Nearly everything positive about them has a negative. The unique hairpieces are nice (including Anna's new one), but Elsa's still needs to be white and not blonde-ish. The detailing on the outfits looks lovely, but Elsa's doesn't match the color in the source material, which has much more blue in it. Elsa's face kind of works, but Anna's really doesn't remind me of her at all, even with the freckles. I wish LEGO would gives its Minidolls more expressive exp<b></b>ressions, especially in the Disney line where they represent expressive characters. I'm also not a fan of the huge flower and how it sits on Anna's hair, but Elsa's new crown looks good. Those hairpieces do have really great styling all around. Interestingly, Elsa's cape is longer than the minidoll body, so that it can 'flow.' The effect kind of works, though it makes her fall over sometimes since the cape is somewhat stiff. Both hairpieces also have a spot to attach another accessory on the back. The cape has a nice design, despite being the wrong color. Unlike a lot of Friends hairpieces which are quite voluminous, these more contained ones look right at home on minifigures. Ginny and Luna are trying out some new styles. The buildable figures round out the characters of the set. Olaf looks recognizable, but as others have pointed out he looks a bit off without the strands of hair. He just looks a little wrong. The little snow-things that Elsa coughs up (literally) are bundles of cuteness, though. Even a little hair printing on Olaf would've helped. ACCESSORIES Unusually, this set falls a little light in the true accessory department. We only get Loki's staff, a few cups, ice skates, a bow, glittery blue fire, and Harry's acceptance letter from Hogwarts. Some other parts used as decoration could instead be used as accessories, though, such as the water wings and LEGO's version of the Halo sword. Chima breastplate not included. FINISHED SET Here's everything you get - the Castle, the party stuff, the characters. The colors all go together quite well, creating a bright and lively set in wonderful pastels, which I greatly prefer to bright primaries. As I like to do, let me take you on the grand LEGO tour. Outdoor Decor For the outdoor party scene, we get a table with some foodstuffs, stools that make wonderful use of the old rocket tip piece, a gift, and some balloon ornaments. I've already mentioned how the balloon ornaments were a bit frightening to put together, but they look absolutely stunning when done. The cake is nowhere near the size of the cake in Frozen Fever, of course, but it does approximate the design at a tiny scale. The gift makes use of some cool new-ish parts, but is otherwise lackluster as it's quite small and only contains a bow. I hope Anna wanted a new bow. Removable Furniture For whatever reason, a chosen few items from the interior get attached via jumper plates and are thus easily removed. I'm not sure why anyone would want to remove the fireplaces, and I can't see how that facilitates more play, but there you have it. The sand green fireplace looks really lovely, while the white one is just ok. The color scheme of the white one doesn't strike me as very fireplace-y. The bed has a pleasant girly color scheme with lovely sticker designs. The interior looks a bit bare without the furniture, so I don't really recommend removing those pieces. What's really odd is that not all of the furniture is as easily removable. If everything came out easily, it would make more sense to me. The Castle - Exterior The designer has really done a splendid job making the Castle recognizable. If you Google Image 'Arendelle Castle' you'll find that this set is really not so accurate at all, but I'd say it doesn't matter since one look at this tells me what it is. It's like the difference between what you think a person looks like in your head and that person's appearance in real life - both represent the person. This Castle really looks quite right, and quite pleasing. Of course, the whole facade design does strike one as kind of odd. Even dead-on you can tell it's flat, but turn it just a little and it really starts to show. Since the whole design works on the principle of merely approximating the shape of Arendelle Castle, I'm not against the facade choice. The sloping roofs would have been hard to pull off with legal building techniques and looking good at this scale (by my estimation, anyway), and this way the Castle has both a good shape and a very open, playable interior. On the ground floor, the Chima wings work really well as Elsa's ice fountain sculptures (albeit at a very small scale, once again). The dark tan of the ground doesn't mesh very well with trans-light blue, but it's understandable that the designer wanted to differentiate the ground from the color of the Castle walls. The tiling does make posing minidolls quite easy. Looks, some of Anna's Friends have arrived to join the party! The only design choice on the outside that I don't really like is the lack of window glass in the upstairs side windows. I would think the design could have been altered just a little to accommodate some large window panes. This way, Anna can comically escape her icy sister. The Castle - Interior Here's an overview of the backside. It doesn't have an awful lot going on, especially on the lower level which is left with quite some empty space, but it does have enough for plenty of fun. On the right side of the ground floor we have a nice grandfather clock that reminds me a bit of the one in The Burrow (though all they have in common is that they are both clocks), some cheery flowers, a bright chez for Anna to lollygag about, and a painting on/in the wall. If the trapeze artist losing her shoe is some sort of reference, it's lost on me. There are ice skates in the clock (makes perfect sense), which have the unfortunate side of effect of forcing you to always have a container were you to re-use the stickered part. On the other side is a pretty stickered rug that ties the room together (literally, it's structural), and the sand green removable fireplace, re-instated in its rightful place. Elsa can sit by it to get warm, which I'm sure she loves to do. In the bedroom upstairs, I've painstakingly recreated the scene from Frozen Fever in which Elsa wakes up Anna. I hope you like my expert figure-posing skills. Another nice rug in here, by the way. Or perhaps it's Elsa's bedroom, and Anna would like to know if she wants to build a snowman. If not, Anna can make a quick getaway on the conveniently located slide. Speaking of the slide, it's the only real 'play feature.' Elsa does indeed slide around on ice in Frozen Fever, so it kind of works in the context of the scene, though I had to try many times to even get the figures to slide down so it doesn't really work as a toy thing. Oh well. Better than another spiral staircase, maybe? THE END I've already said a lot, so if you've read it all, I commend you. If you haven't, here's where I recap everything. Parts - This set is a tremendous parts pack, provided you like the sorts of colors on offer. There are exclusive re-colors to be had, the highlights of which would have to be the lavender stems, white foliage, and all of the aqua. Really great stuff there. Figures - As I detailed above, I have issues with these figures. The have pretty dresses, but there are problems. The hairpieces are quite good and usable on minifigures, which is a big plus. Unless you or your loved one is gaga about Frozen, I wouldn't buy this set for the figures by any means (especially since Olaf is coming in a polybag sometime). Design - Some may fault the facade design, but I don't. Overally, the model pleases the eye, and reminds one of the source material well. Tan and 'normal' shades work well with the aqua and pinks, coming together for a fun-looking and vibrant set. Price - Here's the one thing I haven't touched upon yet. Almost all of the Disney Princess sets seem a little overpriced, by five or ten dollars if we're talking USD (which I always am). This set would make a much better buy at 50 USD than 60, but even at 60 I can feel it. The Castle is almost substantial enough that 60 seems ok. I can't comment on the price in other parts of the world, which will be much higher as always, but perhaps the differences in price possibilities apply to your currency as well. Overall, I'd say this is a fun and worthwhile set, one that I would definitely recommend for your consideration either at full price or eventually for a few dollars/euros/yen less. Yours truly, CloneyO, signing off.
This is half a new post. You may discover that I have finished Anna more than a month ago and have she posted then. Now, here comes Elsa and my set finishes as a duo. My work is not perfect but I have put great effort. There are many technical difficulties. Their braids are one thing, and thus special care is given to Anna's cloak. For Elsa, her dress is difficult. Basically there are three layers -- white/medium azure, trans-light blue, trans-clear. Another point which worths mentioning is that they are very costly. Rare colours used for Anna; and about 3000 parts for Elsa (more than 1500 of which are the trans-medium blue/ trans-clear plates)
This can't be regarded as a finished MOC. You know it should be half done at most and you may know why. The build takes quite a lot of time actually and I have to encounter a number of technical problems while building it. Stay tuned for Elsa... and more photos...
Lego 41062 Elsa's Sparkling Ice Castle Lego managed to get a Frozen licensed set in the new wave of Disney Princess sets. However, I'm VERY surprised by the size. It's a $40 set and comes in a small Friends-style box (roughly 12"x12" size) - I almost didn't see it on the shelf when I was looking for it because it's so small. I mean, I know it's only $40 but it's a friggin' CASTLE. And why did Lego only make this a smaller set? If they'd made a $200 Frozen castle they still would have sold every one they could produce. They made big Harry Potter Hogwarts sets and those sure sold. And have you SEEN the toys in the Frozen section of stores? HUGE playsets for Barbie-sized dolls. But I suppose I'm getting the cart before the horse here, reviewing before I've even opened the box. So..... Name: Elsa's Sparkling Ice Castle Set Number: 41062 Pieces: 292 Price: $39.99 Minifigs: 3 Theme: Disney Princess Year of Release: 2015 Links: Bricklink Peeron Brickset The Box The front of the box is standard Lego fare, other than the large Anna and Elsa in the bottom right corner. Oh, and surprisingly, nowhere on the box is the normal minifig lineup. The only way to know what characters are included is to look at the set pictures. The 1:1 This set uses one of the minidolls as the actual size sample. That's probably not a bad choice since the minidolls are not nearly as well known as a minifig. The Back On the back, the play features are shown in insets around a rear view of the castle. Like Friends sets, you also have an array of play accessories. The Seals Is this standard on 2015 sets or is this specific to this set? I've never seen 3 tape seals on a set. Even huge modulars or Technic sets only have 2, so 3 on a set this small seems excessive. Perhaps Lego expects people to try to steal the dolls? If so, why bother with extra tape? A tiny pocketknife makes quick work of the tape so the third strip doesn't even slow you down. The Contents In the box are 2 instruction booklets (bent), a white plate, a sticker sheet, and 3 numbered bags of parts. The Stickers These are very hard to photograph since they're shiny. I mean polished chrome shiny. Those dark lines across the corners are not really there, they're reflections of my ceiling. The Manual Backs The back of one booklet has a Friends "Win!" girl. The other has an ad for the Lego Disney Princess website. That site is SO girly there's even sparkles following your mouse cursor around. So I didn't stay too long or look too deeply. The Sample Page The interior pages of the manuals are on lavender backgrounds. It's standard Lego instructions with part callouts and insets when needed. The Build, 1 The first thing you build is Anna, but I'm not showing that yet. Then you build this little picnic scene. It's tiny but effective, and nice to have something not icy in the set since the movie has the "In Summer" song for Olaf. I'm curious what's in that sandwich though - green and pink? After the picnic is the Olaf build, but I'll save him for later too. The Build, 2 Next is this small sleigh. It has an amazing amount of style for something so small. The curved front and decorative whips on the back make it look sleigh-like instead of blocky. But come on, it already had pink accents, are the pink flowers really necessary? Technically, yes, so the whips can mount to them, but still, it's just over-girly for my taste. The Build, 3 The sleigh needs a ramp to help it rocket along (for a couple inches, at least). The ramp starts like this, with a hidden lime green jumper plate that gets a cookie on it. I couldn't remember anything in the movie like that, so I asked my wife and she couldn't either. A hidden cookie under a hill? The Build, 4 After putting the tilting 2x8 onto the base and adding decorations, this is the result. A lime green bucket holding a pair of ice skates, a flower (in the snow, really?), green and white round studs that I assume are supposed to be grass and snow? The Build, 5 The sleigh looks huge sitting on top of the tiny hill, but it actually works pretty well. Assuming you're on a smooth surface like a table, you can give the sleigh a little nudge and it'll shoot down the ramp and a few inches across the table. The unevenness of the slopes vs the blue tiles holds the sleigh in line well, and the bumps in the slopes don't seem to hamper anything. The Build, 6 Moving on to bag 2.... man that's a lot of colors in this base already. And I'm already starting to feel like there's trans-blue cheese thrown around randomly. The Build, 7 Continuing (and rotating), some steps and even more colors thrown in. Magenta? In Elsa's ice palace? I sure don't remember any of that... The Build, 8 Wait, seriously? An ice cream stand in the castle? That is what the magenta is for? I kinda actually like the looks of it, but it doesn't fit the set. The Build, 9 Spinning back around, now there's a light aqua spiral staircase added along with a roof. This is where I'm really starting to wonder about Lego's thinking. Those light aqua stairs, and the light aqua 1x4 tiles, are exclusive to this set (as far as I know... it's possible some other 2015 sets use them, but nothing in Bricklink yet). Seems expensive (to produce) to me, when there's no huge reason to need them. Another blue for the tiles would have been fine. And the spiral stairs? Really? Elsa's castle is KNOWN for staircases, but NOT spiral ones! There should be a huge straight ice stairway out front or sweeping curved stairs inside, but not a spiral. The Build, 10 And now we finish the tree. Again, why? Where is there a tree next to Elsa's castle? And so weird... with ice hanging from green branches that have both snow and flowers on them. Huh? Did Lego watch a different movie? The Trans-Light Blue Bits Before looking at the upper level, a brief pause to look at some other parts. Here's the 1x2x5 brick in trans-light blue and the 2x4x6 rock panel in glitter trans-light blue. Do those look like the same blue to you? And again, ANOTHER unique part for this set. Why do those rock panels need to be glitter, when Lego made the same panel in trans light blue in 2013 and 2014 for SuperHeroes, Friends, and Chima sets? Apparently Disney REALLY wanted glitter, because there are a bunch of trans-glitter parts in the new Princess sets. There's trans-neon green cones for Jasmine; Ariel, Jasmine, and Sleeping Beauty all get glitter trans purple cones. So there's a bunch of new glitter parts for 2015. The Build, 11 Back to building - time to add the upper level. We get a bedroom with a decent bed, although stickered. The Build, 12 The other side of the bedroom has some little accessories. Perfume and a crown I assume? The Build, 13 Time for walls and a roof. I like the small white macaroni bricks for a wall, but what's with the lavender fence piece in the center? I'll grant that it looks nice (a common white fence would have been a little boring), but it's ANOTHER unique piece to this set. The Build, 14 The very top of the castle is built separately. Not a whole lot to say here other than why is there a torch in an ICE CASTLE? The Finished Castle Once the roof is put on, the castle is done. And that big purple star on top says everything to me about the styling. It just doesn't look like modern Lego to me; it looks like this should be an old Belville fairy tale set from around 1999. If I saw a photo of just the castle with no figs (or picnic blanket), I'd assume that's what it was. The Oops, Not Actually Done Yet Accessories At the end, there's a few bits left to add. There are these dark purple skis (yup, another unique part) in the lower level. Let me tell you, they're a pain to get into that location, at least with my big man hands. More Accessories The top level gets a stickered book. The sticker has a nice castle image on it that is, while not quite exactly the castle from Disney World, VERY Disney-looking. I actually had to google and see if that's the castle they use in their logo. Nope, but it's the same style. The Leftovers There are a LOT of extra parts in this. That's almost 10% of the part count in the set right there! They are pretty useful overall though. It's great to have an extra "carrot" and brown "branch" for Olaf, since you know those will get lost as he's played with. The Figs Finally, the reason for the set. Let's face it, the castle set is just an excuse to make these figures. And they're GREAT. I mean just fantastic. The print on them is just such a good match to the real characters. Compare to the cartoon version from the front of the box. Elsa's hair is a little darker than the cartoon, but overall these are just dead on. If I had to pick out a flaw, it's the "spell" Elsa is holding. It's too bad she can only shoot it forward with her arm down like that. It'd be nice to have the end of the splash part bent 90 degrees so she can have her arm forward and the spell shooting forward too. Oh, one other thing. The minidoll heads don't press down tight to the body like minifig heads do. There's still exposed neck. It looks nice, but it means Elsa's cape can swing around. The Fig Backs Elsa's cape is glittery on the back and you can see the removable bow in her hair. The Full Set One final issue. When you put Anna on the sleigh, her cape doesn't have enough flexibility (since it's a wraparound kind) and so it folds out funny. That's why on the back of the box it shows her standing on the back of the sleigh with Elsa in the seat. Edit: How on earth did I forget to comment on those orange flowers to each side of the castle? I'm pretty sure Elsa did NOT have any flowers blooming outside her castle! The Conclusion Hm. I really wanted to like this set, but I just can't quite bring myself to. It feels like Lego pulled a random castle design from the files then redid it into white and trans blue to look icy and allow a Frozen tie in set. The figs are great, but the castle isn't. I guess the real castle in the movie would be a boring set and this one has play features, but it just is too different for my taste. The Ratings Value: 7/10 - $40 for less than 300 parts is high (especially when so many of the parts are tiny, but on the other hand there's a LOT of rock panels and 1x2x5 trans blue panels), but the figs help save it. Design: 4/10 - Not one of Lego's best. Not as bad as the lows in the 90s, but not a great set. Minifigs: 10/10 - Possibly even a 12/10. They ARE the reason to buy the set . Playability: 8/10 - There are a bunch of play features, but they actually detract from the design, so I had to knock off a couple points. Parts: 7/10 - A bunch of impractical unique parts (how often do you need dark purple skis or a lavender fence piece?) but also a bunch of nice parts if you wanted to make your own icy scene. Overall: 7/10 - A great bunch of figs, but I'd recommend not bothering with the manuals. Just use the parts to build your own castle that's better.